SmartHub IX

PCCW Global and Etisalat expand cooperation

Dubai -UAE: 4 March, 2013

SmartHub is the transit hub for the Middle East region and intercontinental cable systems. It provides divert connectivity by connecting most resilient and comprehensive submarine cable network infrastructures including the Regional Cable Network (RCN), The East African Marine System (TEAMS), India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE), SeaMeWe3, SeaMeWe4, the TGN Gulf, and others.

PCCW Global will install a Point of Presence (PoP) in SmartHub to increase capacity cooperation with Etisalat in the region. Through this collaboration, PCCW Global and Etisalat will be able to serve customers worldwide on one of the region’s most extensive and secure networks.

Ali Amiri, Etisalat’s Executive Vice President, Carrier and Wholesale Services, said, "We are delighted to be working closely with PCCW Global to help them serve their customers in the region and globally. As a regional hub for communication services, Etisalat's SmartHub is the fastest growing hub in the area and will continue to attract large network and content providers with a broad portfolio of services and capacity options. We look forward to many more years of cooperation with PCCW Global, a dynamic and innovative global service provider."

Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global said, “We look forward to this joint expansion with Etisalat and further enhancing our ability to deliver high quality communications services in the region. By creating a new Point of Presence in SmartHub, PCCW Global will be working closely with Etisalat in its commitment to high quality service. We are confident that this connectivity, combined with our recent interconnection arrangements for MPLS and Ethernet networks, will further expand our access to one of the most extensive terrestrial and submarine networks in the Middle East and bring about new and exciting opportunities for the further development of our network.”

About SmartHub

Etisalat’s SmartHub is the largest capacity, content, internet and data hub in the Middle East. SmartHub provides regional access for global service providers and global access to the internet for the region. SmartHub includes the Middle East’s first IPX for mobile operators and includes the region’s largest portfolio of internet content. SmartHub IX (Internet Exchange) will extend the reach of SmartHub content and connectivity options. Connectivity to SmartHub is provided through a robust and diverse infrastructure of both regional and intercontinental cable systems combined with world class hosting facilities in the SmartHub data center, managed by Etisalat’s Carrier& Wholesale Services

About Etisalat

Etisalat is the largest telecommunications operator in the Middle East and North Africa region catering to consumers, businesses, international telecommunication companies, ISPs, content providers and mobile operators.

Servicing over 139 million customers in 15 countries in Middle East, Asia and Africa, Etisalat has achieved more than 20% growth in subscriber base in 2012 across its land line, mobile, and Internet services.

Etisalat is now the highest overall rated telecommunications company in the GCC and the 4th highest rated telecommunications company in the world. It has been rated AA- by Standard & Poor, A+ by Fitch, and Aa3 by Moody's.

Etisalat UAE has pioneered the launch of the region’s first commercial 4G service on its nation-wide LTE network. In September 2012, Etisalat UAE successfully completed the highest 4G LTE speed test in the world, reaching speeds of 300Mbps. The corporation offers a variety of hi-tech complimentary services to the telecommunications industry including managerial and technical training, SIMcard manufacturing, e-payment solutions, clearing house services, peering, voice and data transit, and submarine and land cable services.

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is an operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited.

With centers in Hong Kong, Herndon, Virginia in the US, Paris in France, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, plus teams based in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas, PCCW Global serves the voice and data needs of multinational enterprises, as well as the operational requirements of service providers. Covering more than 1,800 cities and 120 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet solutions, IP solutions, fiber and satellite transmission solutions, managed services and solutions, and voice services. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit

About HKT

HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sale, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centers.

Together with the highly successful media business of its parent company, PCCW Limited, HKT offers innovative media content and services across the PCCW Group’s unique quadruple-play platforms – fixed-line, broadband Internet access, TV and mobile.